A Witch’s New Year

Originally posted on Green Witchery:
? How do Witches celebrate the “New Year”? With most of the world eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2019 on the calendar date of January 1, there are other perspectives that are quietly observed as well. This is not the Witches’ New Year. It is nothing but the turning of…

Gardening by the Moon (Part 1)

Originally posted on Green Witchery:
? People have been planting, cultivating, and reaping crops according to the phases of the Moon since time began. Many still see this as silly superstition, but it has been scientifically proven that Luna does, in fact, have a certain pull on our Earthly world. Probably the best-known influence is…

Gardening By the Moon (Part 2)

Originally posted on Green Witchery:
In the first part of this two-part article, I wrote about the effects of the Moon on plant growth according to phases. Now it’s time to dig into the next area – gardening by the Signs of the Moon. The Moon goes through an entire round of the Zodiac in…

The Many Herbs of Beltaine

Originally posted on Green Witchery:
Beltaine is the time of year when we celebrate the return of life to the Earth after Winter’s long sleep. The celebration can be seen everywhere. Animals and birds call for their mates and tend their nests. Eggs hatch, green shoots emerge, trees and flowers begin to bloom, and new…

Ochfochlach for Blodeuwedd

Originally posted on Green Witchery:
? As an introduction to my Ochfochlach (an 8 line bardic poetry form), I offer a simplified synopsis of Blodeuwedd’s tale from the Welsh Mabinogion. Forbidden by his mother, Arionrhod, from wedding any mortal woman, Lleu obtains the help of his wizardly cousins, Gwydion and Math. They create a wife…

Love for Our Mother

Originally posted on Temple of Hekate Enodia:
Mother’s Day is a day where children give thanks to their mothers for being Mom. Hekate is known by many as their Dark Mother, but Enodia is also our Light Mother. Though her paths are many we at the Temple of Hekate Enodia acknowledge our Great Mother for the…